AND COMMON SENSE FIRST
skating is an activity that involves some risks. Erecting
and maintaining an outdoor rink is an activity that involves
some risks of injury or property damage. These risks are
voluntarily assumed by those who use, enter onto, erect
or permit the establishment and maintenance of an outdoor
rink on their property. To minimize such risks, we recommend
use of the rink, particularly when being used by children,
and/or when sticks or pucks are involved.
all skaters skate in control and wear proper safety equipment
including knee and elbow pads and a full face helmet.
Do not let people on the ice without skates and proper
safety rules for the use of your rink.
all users, and in the case of minors, their parents and
guardians, are aware of the risks being assumed and the
rules you have established. Make sure children using
the rink have been given permission from their parents
the rink on a regular basis for ridges, gouges, holes
or unevenness and clear and flood as required to maintain
a smooth skating surface. This is extremely important for the safety of the participants on your fabulous back yard rink. It is too easy to twist an ankle or knee if the surface is not perfect. See our e-book for the dangers of flooding your surface with pond water.
edges of rink and surrounding areas to ensure that users
can access and exit the rink in safety.
flood lighting is used take all necessary precautions
to ensure that there is no risk that extension cords
can be severed by skates or shovels and that cords do
not pose a hazard. Cords should be off the ground and
should not be permitted to be buried beneath snow. Cords
should be disconnected at the power source when lighting
system is not in use.
erecting rink, wear appropriate foot and hand protection.
the rink in a well drained area. Do not locate rink in
an area prone to flooding, ponding drainage or grading
flooding rink, ensure water flow to outside taps is properly
turned off to reduce risk of pipes freezing.
around the rink constitute a hazard to skaters and pedestrians
and should be clearly visible and clearly marked. Rink
should not be located in an area likely to be traversed
by pedestrians who may not know of its presence or the
hazards it presents.
brace systems for holding the boards in place are made
of metal and therefore should be installed properly by
hammering them into the ground as far as the dasher boards
will allow (check with your local utility before doing
this). Monitor during the winter to ensure they continue
to be snug to top of boards. The J-Brace Series 3 is the ultimate for support when you have deep water in excess of 8-10". This deep water from within your rink perimeter place much pressure outwards and the Support 45 Deep Water System is the answer for easy fast and excellent support.